To have a company or corporate Christmas parties that shall be an event to remember for you and your co-workers, you need to give it a touch of creative planning. No matter if it is for large companies with big budgets or small businesses with minimum resources, creativity is the key to planning a memorable company or corporate Christmas parties.
To begin with, lets look at what SHOULD NOT be done, since this have been proven to be some of the major factors that will kill the party before it even started.
Don’ts – DO NOT give a major focus on the party buffet. Having the idea that food is what attract workers to company or corporate Christmas parties is so not true, and most of them will simply avoid attending because those parties are predictable.
Another major drawback to company and corporate Christmas parties is planning a sit-down dinner at the boss’s house. This kind of parties tends to have pressure-filled conservative atmosphere and should always be avoided. Employees that are tired and stressed are more than ready to break away from the workplace and most probably hard to be enticed into spending even more time with one another, especially if your company Christmas party are the same old tired tradition.
Organizing and Preparations – A creative idea to spark high interest in workers to attend company or corporate Christmas parties is to send out invitations with an included note that there will be a prize for a person that decks out in the most Christmas outfit.
This can include anything from a ‘standard’ Christmas costume to guests wearing garments that display cheerful holiday clothing, jewelry, hats or anything that their imagination can come up with. Plan for all that attends to be involved in the judging process by using a voting system. The person wearing the most creative Christmas outfit will win a prize of a wrapped gift of their choice from the gift table.
For companies with big budgets, a great idea for a memorable evening is to have a designated receptionist announce the names of each new arrival, crown them with a Santa hat that have their name on it while reading something humorous about them. This works great especially at large corporate parties where large number of employees and customers participate while not everyone knows each other. First names on Santa hats work much better than name badges, and they make great party favors that everyone will be more than gladly take home.
Another great idea as an alternative in using Santa hats is to use it earlier, at the stage of creating your company’s party invitations. Take pictures of all employees wearing Santa hats with their personalized name on it and use the picture to create a corporate Christmas greeting card as well as Christmas party invitations. This will not only makes the employees feel appreciated, but will also create the ‘party energy’ right from the beginning.
Entertainment – Having some fun programs with games and activities is a must to ensure company or corporate Christmas parties are an event to remember. Some of the favorite party games that are suitable for company Christmas party such as Mind-teaser games, Christmas Movie Trivia, The Bacon Factor, Names Those Logos and Association Game are just to name a few that can really spruce up the event.
Also make sure you have some great Christmas party music collections available to ensure the party mood never dims out early.
Party Favors Take-home gifts or party favors can be considered as proof if you may, to a well remembered event. So again, being creative plays a big role here.
For company or corporate Christmas parties, giving away personalized stockings, t-shirts, Santa hats or even an ornament with the official company logo imprint on them is always a great idea. Those personalized stockings and ornaments are perfect decorations for the Christmas party room and then when it is time to leave, you can give the stockings with Christmas bonus checks or Gift Certificates to your employees and some fun goodies like Company Logo ornaments for your customers and guests.
Planning a perfect company or corporate Christmas parties is really about understanding; what are the important stuff that needs to be focus on and executing each of them with some creative planning, so it would create an enticement that will lead to an enjoyable and memorable event.